Gunmen pistol-whip Sprint store wor...

Gunmen pistol-whip Sprint store worker in Meyerland

Houston police on Friday released surveillance video from an armed robbery at a Sprint phone store near Meyerland Plaza. Police say the violent criminals are responsible for other similar crimes.
3 masked men rob customers, workers...

3 masked men rob customers, workers in N. Harris County IHOP

Another Houston-area IHOP was held up overnight ? this one in far north Harris County.
2 teens charged with stealing assau...

2 teens charged with stealing assault weapons following standoff in Harris County

Two men are in custody following a standoff that lasted nearly three hours at a home in the 7300 block of Williams in northwest Harris County.
Former Cy-Fair ISD teacher appears ...

Former Cy-Fair ISD teacher appears in court on sexual assault charges

A former Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District teacher accused of having sex with a student was in court Friday morning.
Feds test how stoned is too stoned ...

Feds test how stoned is too stoned to drive

A small group of volunteers spent much of the last year getting drunk and stoned on marijuana furnished by the federal government before getting behind the wheel.
Houston Forecast: Hot and sunny hea...

Houston Forecast: Hot and sunny heading into the weekend

Heavy downpours were reported along the coast early Friday, but this afternoon will mostly be hot and sunny.


Crusade over shoddy drug tests

Crusade over shoddy drug tests

Review one lawyer's fight vs. Harris County probation officials.

Gunman's brother testifies in deat...

Gunman's brother testifies in death penalty trial

Wearing U.S. Army fatigues on the witness stand, Pierre Cannon said Friday he could not imagine how his brother gunned down a Bellaire police officer and a good samaritan. Cannon was the last witness in the punishment phase of Lewis's capital murder trial. Lewis, 23, faces the death penalty after being convicted of capital murder for killing Bellaire corporal Jimmie Norman and business owner Terry Taylor after fleeing police on Dec. 24, 2012. Defense attorneys are trying to persuade jurors to sentence Lewis to life in prison without parole, the only other option.
Thousands expected at pro-Palestin...

Thousands expected at pro-Palestinian demonstration

Thousands of Houstonians are expected to take to the streets in the Galleria area near the corner of Westheimer and Post Oak Friday afternoon to mark the Day of Quds, a time to express solidarity with the Palestinian people. According to a Facebook page devoted to the Houston protest, more than 2,000 people are scheduled to attend.
DA candidate calls for no arrest f...

DA candidate calls for no arrest for marijuana

Kim Ogg, the Democratic nominee for Harris County District Attorney said Friday she will ticket and enforce community service, instead of arrest and jail, thousands of people arrested each year in Houston for low-level marijuana possession. "Since the beginning of the year, we have been working with the Harris County Sheriff's Office and the Houston Police Department on a pilot Marijuana Intervention Program that will be implemented this fall," Anderson, a Republican, said in the release. Crafting this program is complicated and requires the effort and cooperation of all law enforcement agencies to ensure that we create a program that works and stays in line with the law.
Woodlands board OKs $600K for cust...

Woodlands board OKs $600K for customs facility at Lone Star airport

Woodlands officials gave preliminary approval Friday to a request for $600,000 to construct a U.S. Customs facility at Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, ending a contentious debate over whether the township should be a regional partner in the Montgomery County facility. Township members voted 3-2 during a morning budget session in favor of including the funds in their coming spending plan despite concerns expressed by a few members about whether the customs facility is needed and the lack of initial consultation by county officials. Airport and economic development officials had made a similar pitch, arguing that the facility would complement The Woodlands' growing corporate portfolio.

Officers: Inmate admits killing ma...

Officers: Inmate admits killing man in '04

Alan Eugene, 32, is accused of fatally shooting Richard Sepulveda in July 2004 outside a shopping center in the 6200 block of Highway 6, Harris County sheriff's deputies said. Eugene, an admitted gang member, will be transferred from TDCJ to the Harris County Jail in connection with the murder charge.


J.C. Penney Swings To Loss

J.C. Penney Swings To Loss

J.C. Penney Co., under major pricing and merchandising changes, swung to a bigger-than-expected first-quarter loss and said Tuesday it no longer expects to meet its previous profit forecast for the year as it sees more restructuring charges.

3 of TX Supreme Court Face Re-elect...

3 of TX Supreme Court Face Re-election

Three members of the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court face re-election this year, but two will have to survive primary opponents who accuse the court of becoming too pro-business.

Researcher: Plant Remembers, Adapts

Researcher: Plant Remembers, Adapts

Researchers say they've shown that certain plants have smarts during dry times.

Perry: Tuition Freeze Sent Good Mes...

Perry: Tuition Freeze Sent Good Message

Gov. Rick Perry isn't saying whether he approves of the University of Texas at Austin president whose job was reported to be in jeopardy.

Rep. Puts Chief of Staff on Leave

Rep. Puts Chief of Staff on Leave

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has placed her longtime chief of staff on administrative leave.

Teen Pleads Guilty in Student's Dea...

Teen Pleads Guilty in Student's Death

A Central Texas teenager has pleaded guilty to murder in the 2011 Waco drive-by fatal shooting of another youth.


Your patriotic duty: Keep governmen...

Your patriotic duty: Keep government accountable

Ted Oberg shows you how to dig like a reporter by using the state's public records laws. See examples of requests he's made. And if you find something good, let us know.
Armed suspects terrorize employees ...

Armed suspects terrorize employees at SW Houston Sprint store

Police have released video of three armed suspects who went into the business, assaulted one employee and got away with cash and cell phones
T-Mobile robbery

T-Mobile robbery

T-Mobile robbery
Dog nearly passes out after heartwa...

Dog nearly passes out after heartwarming reunion

You can't help but love this excited little canine.
Fan wins record 50/50 jackpot

Fan wins record 50/50 jackpot

Early Friday morning, an Edmonton Eskimos fan claimed one of the largest jackpots in 50/50 raffle sports history.
Effort continues to force non-discr...

Effort continues to force non-discrimination ordinance to public vote

When opponents of the city's non-discrimination ordinance delivered boxes filled with signatures three weeks ago, the question was will there be enough verified signatures for the ordinance to be put on this November's ballot


Three Houston Kickstarter projects ...

Three Houston Kickstarter projects to watch

With crowdfunding becoming a popular way to raise quick and easy capital, and Texas considering enacting a crowdfunding exemption giving unaccredited investors the ability to invest in equity of a startup, I decided to take a look at some of Houston?s Kickstarter projects and see how they were doing. Kickstarter by and large is one of the more popular crowdfunding websites. You create a project with a financial goal, offer various rewards for donors and set a date by which you aim to reach the?
Counterpoint: Why tech startups nee...

Counterpoint: Why tech startups need public relations

On Tuesday, I wrote an article highlighting why public relations is a waste of money for technology startups. But there are always two sides to every story. I called a couple of Houston's big shots in the PR industry and got their take on why their trade is crucial for the growth of a tech startup. With all the noise surrounding the technology industry today, having a dedicated individual to get your name and message out there is crucial to a startup?s customer growth, said Allie Danziger,?
World Wide Wildcatters: New Texas c...

World Wide Wildcatters: New Texas crowdfunding platform will target oil

Those looking to raise money for an oil project may have to look no further than a new website. CrudeFunders LLC., a company operating out of both Houston and Dallas, is developing a platform that would potentially be the required intermediary service for companies looking to raise capital for projects and unaccredited investors trying to invest in the booming oil and gas industry. The website would operate similar to the popular crowdfunding services available today. After logging in and identifying?
Texas' crowdfunding exemption could...

Texas' crowdfunding exemption could mean big things for Houston startups

Texas is currently reviewing a series of crowdfunding regulatory changes that would allow unaccredited investors to contribute capital for equity into small startup companies. Those who are watching are calling this a watershed moment for Texas. But locally, startups have the opportunity to capitalize as well. Through online platforms approved by the state, Texas residents could contribute $5 or $5,000 to a company they have an interest in, and in return, earn relevant equity. Real estate or oil,?
Tech startups: You don't need PR, e...

Tech startups: You don't need PR, exec says

Public relations is a waste of money. That?s what Uber General Manager Chris Nakutis said to a group of 30 or so entrepreneurs and curious citizens at a Platform Houston meetup I was at last week, speaking about his entrepreneurial story and the launch of his e-commerce platform Stork Stack. Nakutis was referring to his time at Stork Stack, not Uber, saying that for his startup, PR was not a valuable tool in growing his business. The return on investment for him, he said, was not immediate or?
How to prioritize like a CEO

How to prioritize like a CEO

There?s always a lot to do. As our responsibilities in business grow, how we choose to spend our time becomes more challenging. The more experience we have, the more we are pulled to do what we?ve always done. Yet as we progress in our careers, we are expected to prioritize differently. If we don?t, we limit our upward mobility. Women in particular often struggle in two areas when deciding how to prioritize their time at work. They have a tendency to try to do it all and a tendency to try?

Chron sports

Johnson not ready to quit on Te...

Johnson not ready to quit on Texans, football quite yet

The Texans drafted Andre Johnson, a wide receiver from the University of Miami, with the third overall selection in the 2003 NFL draft. Since 2003, Andre Johnson and the Texans have been united. There has been David Carr and Matt Schaub; 75 victories and 101 defeats; just two playoff wins and no Super Bowl appearances; more frustration and heartbreak than professional payoff. Johnson and the Texans have been through it all together. And the briefly separated sides were reunited Friday, when the best player in franchise history ended his two-month holdout and returned to the only NFL team he?s played for. ?I love playing the game of football,? Johnson said [...]
Fitzpatrick not concered with c...

Fitzpatrick not concered with connection with Johnson

Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown to numerous receivers throughout his career. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle ) Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Texans? designated starter as camp begins, has yet to throw a pass to Andre Johnson, but he insisted there?s plenty of time for them to get on the same page before the season starts. ?With all the meetings, all the time we?ll be spending together,? he said, ?(it will happen) very quickly. I?ve thrown to a lot of different guys in my career and I?ve seen a lot of tape on him.? Fitzpatrick said ?all the minicamps and OTAs? have given the offense ?a good base to build on,? [...]
Jackson’s contract year g...

Jackson’s contract year gives him his own sense of urgency

Kareem Jackson is entering the final year of his contract. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle ) Cornerback Kareem Jackson, the Texans? top draft pick in 2010, has his own personal sense of urgency. He?s entering the final year of his contract after a career that has seen him experience as many downs as ups. ?For anybody going into the last year of their deal it?s going to be a big year for them,? Jackson said. ?But, with the new coaches, the whole vibe of the team is different and my role, as a veteran, is to be a leader and do things right. Hopefully everything happens in my favor.? [...]
‘Sense of urgency’ ...

‘Sense of urgency’ running rampant throughout Texans’ camp

Duane Brown and the rest of the Texans are eager to get a new season started with their new coaching staff. (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle) Left tackle Duane Brown said the Texans are starting training camp with ?a sense of urgency. We want to win. Everything we do is pointing toward that. We?re all excited.? The seventh-year pro and former No. 1 draft choice was asked if the team has moved on from last season?s run of 14 consecutive losses, which led to a complete upheaval in the coaching staff. ?We?re not forgetting the past,? Brown said. ?We?re learning from it. We never want to go through anything like [...]
J.J. Watt vows Texans will cont...

J.J. Watt vows Texans will continue to improve

J.J. Watt is ready for another monster season as the Texans? No. 1 defensive threat. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle ) Defensive end J. J. Watt couldn?t help but smirk Friday morning when he was asked if he felt ?re-energized? to back at work with Bill O?Brien beginning his first season as head coach. ?Did I lack energy last year?? Watt said. ?That?s my answer. I feel like I?m always energized. I feel lucky to be able to play this game. Some kids, their career ends in high school, for some (it?s) college. Some only get to play a few years in the league and some get to play [...]
A behind-the-scenes look at how...

A behind-the-scenes look at how Andre Johnson, Texans made peace

Andre Johnson returned to the Texans? practice facilities after a brief hiatus from the team. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle ) Ultimately, owner Bob McNair?s relationship with Andre Johnson played the most significant role in convincing the receiver to report to the Texans on Friday. McNair met with Johnson in his office at NRG Stadium on July 18 and spoke with him on the telephone this week, according to three people with behind-the-scenes insight into the resolution of the Johnson controversy. McNair assured Johnson the Texans have no intentions of cutting him after this season and that the owner expects him to finish his career with the Texans and [...]
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